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Activities Bulletin
August 2021 (Tentative)

RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or Meetup .

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Meetup

Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the August calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

About
Meetup

Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the August calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM Morning Coffee contact.

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. Both of these weekday online events are not hosted which simply means when you join the Morning Coffee channel (under Events) on our CAM Discord server, you may be the first — wait several minutes and give the others a chance to join you. Attendance is spontaneous and can be sporadic — no individual is present every day, some days there are several people, but there are days when no one participates. You can expect casual conversation on any topic you and the others would like to explore. On Thursdays, the 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group joins the 8 AM Conversation with London Mensans so use their access info (on Meetup) rather than Discord. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Contact Matt C. for general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.
    Discord Event!!

1/ Sun­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the September ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the September ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

5/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to receive the Zoom sign-in information (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.

  • Outdoor Middle Eastern Dinner in Niles 7 PM. Join us to dine outdoors at Al Bawadi Mediterranen Grill. The menu offers grilled entrees (kabobs, platters, etc.), meat casseroles, shawerma platters, seafood, vegetarian dishes, appetizers, wraps, salads, etc. Al Bawadi was rated 4 stars on Yelp. The restaurant is located at 8501 W. Dempster St. in Niles, on the south side of Dempster, just east of Greenwood. Due to imposed restrictions, attendance is limited. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

14/ Satur­day

  • SwAG Ses­sion 4 PM. Join the South­west Area Group for its monthly, laid-back time together with food and talk of any im­ag­inable topic. We meet at Kevin’s home (aka SwAG HQ) on Windstone Dr. in Plainfield. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, August 7th) is required. Please see the South­west Area Group Facebook page to RSVP and for information about this and other SwAG events; contact the South­west Area Coördinators to find out how to join (Kevin’s contact information is also on our website). We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of most months. Hope to see you there!

10/ Tues­day

11/ Wednes­day

RSVP for Northern Exposure no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.


 
  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us for dinner at a venue TBD in Lake County. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute (by text­ing), so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

12/ Thurs­day

13/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at a venue TBA. To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. The number of attendees is limited, so RSVPs are mandatory. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Contact Joe D. , the SIG coördinator , for the contact information of the person selecting and providing copies of the poems and of the host(s), or for general information about this SIG. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.

14/ Satur­day

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, August 15th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, August 14th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

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  • Virtual Cooking Class: Knife Skills 6 PM. How are your kitchen knife skills? We’re having a first course in adult culinary bootcamp with Home Cooking New York. Home Cooking New York has great reviews for their in-person classes and they’ve expanded to do on-line classes during the pandemic. During the class, we’ll make The Best Vegetable Soup with Herb Pesto while learning knife skills: Holding, Sharpening, Mincing, Dicing, Slicing, Julienne, Chiffonade. Prior to the event, each participant will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment as well as the Zoom info. This is a GOBS-sponsored activity. The subsidized cost is $25 for a household (one Zoom login). Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. Since the class is GOBS subsidized, one person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. For the cost, I estimated 10 participants, but the exact price per household depends on the number of participants. If we reach the full number of 15 households, everyone will get $8 back. RSVPs  are required. To RSVP, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your reservation: PayPal $25 to Beth W..

19/ Thurs­day

  • Outdoor Italian Dinner in Palatine 7 PM. We will be dining at Agio Italian Bistro, 64 S. Northwest Hwy. in Palatine (west side of route 14). Masks need not be worn at the outdoor table while dining but otherwise should be worn. Masks must be worn inside the restaurant. Due to imposed restrictions, attendance is limited. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know whether you are on the waiting list or your reservation is confirmed.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

19/ Thurs­day

21/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and “secret planning” at The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. The Patio is on the NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland. Look for a table with a red Meetup sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Unless COVID regulations have changed, masks are required to enter the restaurant and order food, but are not required at our reserved tables.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • South Bend Mensa Dinner 6 PM. Contact Gary L., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for lo­ca­tion information. His contact information is also available in the latest issue of ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

24/ Tues­day

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  • Breakfast in Arlington Heights 10 AM. Outdoor dining at Tina G’s Café lo­cated at 10 E. Park St. in Munde­lein (northeast corner of Park St. and N. Lake St. (US 45)), featuring unusual breakfast items like lobster omelets or lobster, Ahi tuna, or salmon Benedicts. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, August 23rd. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Multifaceted Minds” in Houston, Texas. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th.

26/ Thurs­day

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Multifaceted Minds” in Houston, Texas. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, August 29th.

The December Monthly Gathering scheduled for December 5th will be a video conference event.


 

29/ Sun­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Video Teleconference)
    The August Monthly Gathering will take place via video teleconference using Discord. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . Illinois Coronavirus Phase 4 limits non-family, in-person groups to 50 people so live MGs are difficult! In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different? Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Program :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels.

    Volunteer
    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord or the CAM Zoom premium account!

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    Program Topic: How to Hide an Empire
    We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited? In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light.”
    Members, see the full write-up in our August 2020 ChiMe.
    Video Teleconference Event!!

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Multifaceted Minds” in Houston, Texas. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the AG held Tuesday, August 24th through today.

30/ Mon­day

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  • Virtual Escape Room: Curse of the Dark Raven 4:45 PM. The curse of an evil witch has brought eternal darkness to a small secluded village. Now it’s up to you to travel to the village and reverse the curse before dawn. Along the way you must outwit trolls, play pub games to win gold, and cast powerful spells! Can you break the Curse of the Dark Raven? The GOBS-subsidized cost is $8.25 per CAM member and one non-member guest; it is not per device. RSVPs are required and attendance is limited; to RSVP, e-mail Heather B. and she will let you know how to submit your payment. You are not considered to have RSVP’d until payment is made. Not recommended for children under the age of 12. If you don’t have a Zoom account, you should download the Zoom app at least a ½ hour prior to the event. About 15 minutes before game time, you’ll receive the Zoom sign-in information. You should start your Zoom session before 5 PM because the game starts promptly. The only other thing you’ll need during the game is paper and something to write with.
    Virtual Event!!

31/ Tues­day


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1 September/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the October ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the October ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.


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